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  • Steinbeck and the Politics of Crisis: Ethics, Society, and Ecology

    May 1-3, 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library

    San José State University

    Sponsored by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

    The John Steinbeck Society of America presents

  • Keynote Speaker Mimi Gladstein, University of Texas, El Paso

    Conference Director Nicholas P. Taylor, Director,

    Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

    Conference Steering Committee Tom Barden, University of Toledo

    Mary M. Brown, Indiana Wesleyan University

    Danica Čerče, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Paul Douglass, San Jose State University

    Barbara Heavilin, Professor Emeritus, Taylor University

    Luchen Li, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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    Wednesday, May 1 11:00AM - 12:00PM | CHECK-IN

    Center for Steinbeck Studies, MLK Library 5th Floor

    12:00PM - 1:00PM | BUFFET LUNCH Center for Steinbeck Studies, MLK Library 5th Floor

    1:15PM - 2:30PM | WELCOME AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS Schiro Program Room, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Welcome Nicholas P. Taylor

    Director, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies San José State University

    Keynote Address Mimi R. Gladstein

    Professor of English and Theatre Arts University of Texas at El Paso

    Outgoing President, John Steinbeck Society of America

    2:45PM - 4:00PM (Concurrent Sessions)

    THE MORAL PHILOSOPHY OF WINTER Schiro Program Room, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Barbara A. Heavilin Professor Emeritus, Taylor University

    “‘To the other side of home where the lights are given’: Ethan Allen Hawley’s Search for Meaning in Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent”

    Joseph Allegretti Siena College

    ”Why Ethan Hawley Does Such Bad Things: Morals and Moral Traps” Note: This paper will be presented in absentia.

    Richard E. Hart Bloomfield College

    “The Winter of Our Discontent and Moral Progress”

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    THE FEMALE SPACE MLK Library Rooms 225/229

    Maygan Barker Brigham Young University Idaho

    “Cathy and the Choices Made in Eden”

    David Hartwig University of Toledo

    ”Conflict and Education in ‘The Chrysanthemums’”

    Julianna Restivo University of Toledo

    “Crisis of the Female Body: Childbirth and the Environment in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath”

    4:15PM - 5:30PM (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

    REPORTS FROM OVERSEAS Schiro Program Room, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Danica Čerče University of Ljubljana

    “On Steinbeck’s Critical Fortunes in Eastern Europe”

    Luchen Li Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    “Steinbeck’s Engagement with U.S. and International Governments”

    Kiyoshi Yamauchi Niimi College

    “Burning Bright was burning bright in Japan”

    MAVERICKS MARRIED: CAROL AND JOHN STEINBECK MLK Library Rooms 225/229

    Susan Shillinglaw San José State University

    “Presenting a New Biography of Carol and John Steinbeck”

    Wednesday, May 1

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    5:30PM - 7:00PM | DINNER (ON YOUR OWN)

    7:30PM - 9:00PM | STEINBECK FELLOWS READING Center for Steinbeck Studies, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Join us for a reading of new fiction by the 2012-2013 Steinbeck Fellows. These fellowships are awarded annually by the Center for Steinbeck Studies to emerging writers of exceptional promise. This event is free and open to the public.

    L. Rebecca Harris Ms. Harris is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of San Francisco, where she earned a Master of Arts in Writing. She was an original member of WritersCorp, a unit of Americorps, the domestic Peace Corps program established by President Clinton. Through WritersCorps, she worked on several creative-writing projects with young people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She has taught English and Creative Writing to middle school, high school and community college students. Currently, she is a community college English instructor. She lives in Oakland, California.

    Marian Palaia Ms. Palaia received her MFA in 2012 from The University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she was the prose editor for Devil’s Lake. She also holds an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State. She was nominated for a 2010 AWP Intro Award, has received a Seattle Arts Council Individual Artists Award, has had stories published in Passages North and River Oak Review, and has twice been a Glimmer Train Fiction Award finalist. Marian is currently working on a novel, a collection of short stories, and a collection of non-fiction pieces, which are not necessarily about dogs, but do feature some. She and her dog Tupelo grew up together in Missoula, Montana.

    Wednesday, May 1

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    Thursday, May 2 9:00AM - 9:30AM | COFFEE RECEPTION

    Center for Steinbeck Studies, MLK Library 5th Floor

    9:30AM - 10:45AM (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

    FRESH CRITICAL APPROACHES Schiro Program Room, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Tom Barden University of Toledo

    “He Was Translated: Euhemerism in the works and worldview of John Steinbeck”

    Mukta Mahajan North Maharashtra University, India

    “Novelist as Philosopher: An Oriental Appreciation of Steinbeck”

    Ryder W. Miller Independent Scholar

    “John Steinbeck, Spaceship Earth Cosmonaut”

    JOHN STEINBECK, ECO-CRITIC MLK Library Rooms 225/229

    Elisabeth Bayley Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

    “An Ecocritical Analysis of John Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown”

    Zach Fishel University of Toledo

    “To a Man Unknown: Steinbeck and Metaphysical Responses to Land Crisis”

    Dr. SD Palwekar Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur, India

    “Ecoconsciousness in Select Works of John Steinbeck”

    11:00AM - 12:15PM (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

    A CATALOGUE OF STEINBECK ARCHIVISTS Schiro Program Room, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Herb Behrens National Steinbeck Center, Salinas

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    Dennis Copeland Monterey Public Library

    Donald Kohrs Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

    John Straw Ball State University

    Note: The material presented by Mr. Straw, who could not attend the conference, will be photocopied and distributed to the audience.

    Peter Van Coutren Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

    San José State University

    PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF GENRE MLK Library Rooms 225/229

    Katie Karnehm Indiana Wesleyan University

    “‘And Still the Box Is Not Full’: Creative Nonfiction and Redemption in Steinbeck”

    Ryder W. Miller Independent Scholar

    “John Steinbeck and Genre Fiction”

    Zeke Saber University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    “Authentically Distant? A Study of John Steinbeck”

    12:00PM - 1:00PM | BUFFET LUNCH Center for Steinbeck Studies, MLK Library 5th Floor

    1:15PM - 2:30PM (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

    MAN AND MACHINE Schiro Program Room, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Laura DeLucia University of Toledo

    “Reading the Signs on Route 66: Positioning Steinbeck’s Automobiles”

    Thursday, May 2

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    Renata Lucena Dalmaso Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina / University of Michigan

    “‘Modern Monsters,’ Old Habits: Relationships Between Nature, Humans, and Technology in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath”

    PERSPECTIVES ON THE PEARL MLK Library Rooms 225/229

    Kamlakar K Askar Dhanwate National College, Nagpur University, Nagpur, India

    “Steinbeck’s The Pearl: A Saga of the Pauper”

    Ed Sams San José State University

    “Steinbeck’s Haunted Tree: Two versions of The Pearl”

    Shane Wood La Sierra University

    “The Pearl, the Payoff, and the Repercussion: An Analysis of Quickly Obtained Wealth and its Ramifications in Steinbeck’s The Pearl and

    Collins’ The Hunger Games”

    2:45PM - 4:00PM (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

    STEINBECK AND RACE IN AMERICA Schiro Program Room, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Alicia Contreras University of California, Riverside

    “The Troubled Southwest: Regionalist Imperatives in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Américo Paredes’s George Washington Gómez”

    Jason A. Harvey Central Michigan University

    “Traveling Inequality: Race Relations’ Plight Blights an Esteemed Career”

    Kotaro Nakagaki Daito Bunka University, Japan, and Chief Director, The John Steinbeck Society of

    Japan “Imagining the American Eden: Searching for the Origins of America and

    Americans”

    Thursday, May 2

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    STEINBECK AND THE HUMAN ANIMAL MLK Library Rooms 225/229

    Zhang Changsong Concord University College, Fujian Normal University

    “Steinbeck’s Biological View of Man”

    Barnaby McLaughlin University of Rhode Island

    “Poodles Maketh the Man: Companion Species and American Identity in John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley”

    Maria Roxana Murgulet University of Craiova, Romania

    “Morality - the Outcome of Evolutionary Mechanisms in John Steinbeck’s Writing”

    Note: This paper will be presented in absentia.

    4:15PM - 5:30PM (CONCURRENT SESSIONS)

    NEW ECONOMIC APPROACHES Schiro Program Room, MLK Library 5th Floor

    Jose Atil La Sierra University

    “The Grief and Pain of Mice and Men: Regio-ecomarxism in the Shadow of t

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